Daystar Church, in Greensboro, NC is one of the fastest growing churches in the US today. Eight years ago in a small warehouse on the outskirts of town, Pastor Allen Holmes passed out a large, round, green sticker says “Whatever it takes.” Their mission statement is: “Whatever it takes to make Christ followers who grow, connect, serve, and partner together.” To this day, that sticker is stuck to my mirror. Since then, the church has grown over 500% and now has three physical campuses, Daystar En Español, and an online service, which can be accessed from anywhere across the globe. And they have plans to continue to expand. Their world-class worship team has even produced its own Christmas album.
There are so many things I love about Daystar. With a church that large, however, it’s easy to feel lost in the crowd. Their solution is to create a sense of community using “small groups” to connect church members. I’ve met some great people over the years, some of whom have become good friends and mentors. They are people I would (and have) turned to in any kind of life crisis.
My favorite thing about the church is Daystar Kids. They partner with parents, creating an amazing program that teaches children core values from an early age. I love, love, love, serving with my sister every Sunday morning and watching four and five-year-olds learn about and worship God. It’s amazing how something as simple as a kid’s praise song can inundate and lift even a grown-up’s spirit!